Psychedelic lo-fi garage rock n roll topped off with other worldly vocals and blues/folk interludes.
A young singer songwriter who claims to be influenced by, among others, Syd Barrett, Link Wray, Roky Erickson, Roy Orbison, Scott Walker and the B52s, is not lacking in confidence. But his confidence is well founded if the tracks on his myspace site are typical. From the Link Wray influenced Nuggets era psych garage wig out Channel X (which has more than a few echoes of the Acid Fascists )via Roadracers mix of Loaded era Primal Scream and the Electric Prunes through the surprisingly laid back, cool and soothing Flores to the, well, beatific Beatifics young Mr Hotchkiss backs his confidence up. These are songs that are the antithesis of anything covered in the NME these days and are all the better for that. They walk on the other side of the road to the Kooks, Klaxons and other bands that don't begin with the letter K, without even a doff of the cap in that direction. If you still use words like Freak Out, Far Out and Cosmic or are looking for someone who is well away from the centrepoint of todays music scene (and could therefore be the centrepoint of tomorrows music scene) then look no further than Al Hotchkiss.